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Peter Kim MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1420 London Road; Suite 210
Duluth, MN

Dr. Peter Kim works as a pediatric neurosurgeon. Dr. Kim's areas of expertise include chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and seizures. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Kim's hospital/clinic affiliations include Regions Hospital, Essentia Health-Duluth, and Gillette St. Paul Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Hydrocephalus

All Interests: Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Epilepsy, Seizures

Patrick C Graupman MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Average rating 2.65 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1420 London Road; Suite 210
Duluth, MN

Dr. Patrick Graupman is a pediatric neurosurgeon. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Graupman's areas of expertise include hydrocephalus, seizures, and epilepsy. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Graupman accepts Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He is affiliated with Regions Hospital, Essentia Health-Duluth, and Gillette St. Paul Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Hydrocephalus

All Interests: Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy, Seizures

Debbie K Song MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
1420 London Road; Suite 210
Duluth, MN

Dr. Debbie Song's area of specialization is pediatric neurosurgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Song include chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, and spina bifida. Dr. Song takes Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She has received professional recognition including the following: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2015 Edition; Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition; and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2017 Edition. Her professional affiliations include Regions Hospital, Essentia Health-Duluth, and Gillette St. Paul Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Hydrocephalus

All Interests: Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida

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What is Hydrocephalus?

Normally, the brain is bathed in a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid cushions and nurtures the brain cells as it flows around and through the brain. Sometimes, cerebrospinal fluid does not get reabsorbed into the body properly, or a blockage in the brain can stop it from flowing. This causes a buildup of pressure called hydrocephalus. This condition affects a wide range of people, but it is much more prevalent among infants and older adults. Left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause uncomfortable symptoms, such as headaches and blurred vision, and eventually may cause brain damage.

Hydrocephalus is most often treated with an implanted device called a shunt. A shunt is a long, thin tube that is used to drain excess fluid. One end is placed within the brain. The tube runs under the skin, along the neck behind the ear, and to another part of the body where the fluid can be reabsorbed. Most often this is the abdomen, but the chest or other areas can also be used. Shunts have a valve that allows doctors to monitor and control the pressure within the brain. Insertion of a shunt is a surgical procedure that takes one to two hours. Incisions are made in the head and the abdomen, and the shunt is threaded into place before the openings are stitched closed.

In cases where hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage, a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or ETV, may be performed. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a dime-sized hole in the skull and uses a thin tube with a camera on the end (called an endoscope) to see inside the brain. The surgeon punctures a hole in the floor of the third ventricle, a fluid-filled space within the brain. The hole provides an opening for cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the blockage, normalizing pressure. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and patients can often go home the following day. ETV can provide a permanent and safe alternative to a shunt, but it is only useful for patients whose hydrocephalus is caused by a blockage.

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